Malignant Bowel Obstruction: Reappraising the Value of Surgery

Robert E. Roses, Ian W. Folkert, Robert S Krouse

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Urgent palliative surgery in the setting of advanced malignancy is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and cost. Malignant bowel obstruction is the most frequent indication for such intervention. Traditional surgical dogma is often invoked to justify associated risks and cost, but little evidence exists to support surgical over nonsurgical approaches. Evolving evidence may provide more meaningful guidance for treatment selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-715
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Oncology Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2018


  • Colorectal cancer
  • Malignant bowel obstruction
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Palliative surgery
  • Surgery
  • Value

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oncology


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